HATE: intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.


Over the past week I have encountered any number of people who said to me, “I hate Tom Brady.” As a fan of the New England Patriots I found these comments to be particularly painful.  I understand that the comment is probably not meant to be taken literally, but how can I hear it any […]

CONCUSSION: injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like. *


Not having been athletic at any point in my life, I have been spared from many of the injuries and maladies suffered by friends and companions.   However, it doesn’t mean that I have been home free. A year or so ago I was injured in a home accident and I was thrown to the floor […]

GIDDY: frivolous and lighthearted; impulsive; flighty


I’m going to start right out with the narrative which accompanied this photo.  It’s by a mother of the little girl: …My small girl’s face the first day I was home when I told her I wasn’t going to work all day.  I promised I wouldn’t even open my computer. Her joy was palpable. She […]

CHATTERBOX: an excessively talkative person


[Originally published in October, 2013.  The word was suggested from someone today, and, in reading back to that post, I decided I liked it, and wanted to repeat it.  Maybe you’ll remember it.] __________________________________________________________________________ When we lived near Rochester, New York, we became friends with women who belonged to a women’s social club called “The […]

ANNIVERSARY: annual observance of the day of marriage


For some people the observance of unique anniversaries falls on those in sequences of five.  Yes, they are significant.  But for me the fact that another year has passed, marking a new moment in a life is just as important on an off-five anniversary as a fiver.   Today, for instance, is our 48th anniversary.   Not […]

BIRMINGHAM: more than a name of a city in Alabama


It was 50 years ago this week that black men, women, college students, high school students, and elementary students marched in Birmingham, Alabama, in one of the most significant demonstrations against racial inequality at the time. Organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, known as the SCLC, the demonstrations were a powerful expression of ultimate […]